May 2020 “The Real Story – The privatisation of space travel”


The Real Story on BBC World Service is where “Global experts and decision makers discuss, debate and analyse a key news story.”

At the end of May 2020, as the Space X Dragon Capsule took astronauts to the International Space Station, I had the privilege to join a brilliant panel to discuss “The privatisation of space travel.”

I learned a lot from my fellow presenters and thought this was a brilliant broadcast – now available as a podcast. See The Real Story- The privatisation of space travel to listen or download this 53 minute programme.

Ritula Shah

Charles Bolden – Former astronaut and NASA Administrator 2009-2017
Dr Jill Stuart – Academic, London School of Economics and Political Science
Ariel Ekblaw – Founder and lead of the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative
John Logsdon – Emeritus Professor at George Washington University and on the Board of Directors at the Planetary Society
Also featuring:
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld – Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies at the Yale School of Management

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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